Art in the family: Temple Israel’s festival of Jewish art

by | Nov 26, 2018 | What’s Happening

Michael Duffy—2018 Scholar-in-Residence
Saturday, December 8–Sunday, December 9

Professor Michael Duffy, Temple Israel’s 2018 Scholarin-residence, is chair of the Art History department at East Carolina University.

A s Temple Israel’s Scholar-in-Residence, Duffy will focus on the synagogue’s vast collection of art works, including the iconic Ascalon stained glass windows. Also included will be a presentation and dedication of a set of nine prints by Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer, a gift to the Temple from the Zetlin family.

Duffy has taught numerous courses in art and art history at both East Carolina University and Western Illinois University, and is the author of several journal articles and essays, scholarly papers, and a monograph on French plein air landscape painting. He holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century European Art and earned a Master’s in Art History from Michael State University and a Master’s in History from the University of New Hampshire.

All events are free and open to the community.

Shabbat Services in the Sanctuary

9:30 am–1 pm, Saturday, December 8 Professor Michael Duffy will explore works of art housed within the sanctuary. Services will be followed by a luncheon in the Evelyn Eisenberg Atrium, itself a virtual museum of Jewish art and artifacts.

Hanukkah-themed art program

Saturday, December 8, 7 pm Surrounded by Jewish art, guests will enjoy Duffy’s slide presentation touching on various artistic media: painting, sculpture, ceramic and paper works, textile and glass creations, and featuring the Camnitzer prints. Refreshments will be served.

Tour of the Collection

Sunday, December 9, 10 am–2 pm The Temple’s entire art collection is open to the public. Browse at leisure and spend time with favorite works. Duffy will serve as docent. Also included: ceramic art created by students from Beth Sefer Shalom and five works created by past winners of the Elie Wiesel Visual Arts Competition.


A portion of the cost of this festival of Jewish art is underwritten by Tidewater Jewish Foundation. This helps Temple Israel continue to share such rich experiences with the public free of charge.